Mozambique will no longer import seeds for major crops starting in this agricultural season (2017/2018), said the head of the department of basic seeds of the Institute of Agricultural Research of Mozambique (IIAM).
David Mariote also told Mozambican daily newspaper Noticias that the decision is intended to reduce the price of certified seed on the Mozambican market and ensure that a larger number of producers have access to quality seeds thus allowing for an increase in levels of production and productivity.
Mariote said that the IIAM will put at the disposal of the 42 companies producing certified seed registered in the country 2,000 tonnes of basic seed of major crops, with emphasis on grains and legumes, based on which 65,000 tonnes of certified seed can be produced to then be supplied to producers.
In addition to basic seeds for maize, sorghum, soybean, beans and vegetable to be produced in the main agro-ecological regions of the north, centre and south of the country, namely Lichinga, Gúruè, Angonia and Namaacha, IIAM will provide this season, 12 million of cassava cuttings, 2,000 orange pulped sweet potato seedlings unspecified quantities of vegetable seeds.
The IIAM has the financial and technical support of various institutions and international organisations that operate in the country, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Agra and the World Bank.
Mozambique’s annual needs are estimated at 467,000tonnes of different certified seeds to meet the needs of over 4 million registered active producers. (macauhub)